Tuesday, December 28, 2021

'Essays on Literature' and 'The French Revolution: A History in Three Volumes'

Review by Clayton Carlyle Tarr of Essays on Literature, by Thomas Carlyle, edited by Fleming McClelland, Brent E. Kinser, and Chris R. Vanden Bossche, and The French Revolution: A History in Three Volumes, by Thomas Carlyle, edited by Mark Cumming, David R. Sorensen, Mark Engel, and Brent E. Kinser, at Style.

"Essays on Literature succeeds in many respects, namely its editorial maneuvers and the beauty of its presentation. The edition is also valuable for its contribution to an understudied and undervalued period in Carlyle's career. ..."

"The new edition of The French Revolution also demonstrates Carlyle's development, showcasing the work that established his voice and reputation, allowing him fully to pursue social and historical subjects. ... That The French Revolution can support such an editorial endeavor is testament not only to Carlyle's unparalleled memory, but also to the scope of his research. ..."

See Carlyle, "The Hero as King", from On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1841), Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 6.

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